Aug. 20th, 1943
Dunoon, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
Sylvester McCoy's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1979 - Dracula
Guest TV Roles
Kev the Rev
The Amazing Lollipop Man
Sylvester McCoy was born in Dunoon, Scotland. He spent much of his childhood in Dublin, Ireland. Before becoming an actor, as Percy Smith he trained as a priest, sold insurance and acted as a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones. He started his acting career as a part of the Ken Campbell (I) Roadshow, at first using the name Kent Smith before changing it first to Sylveste McCoy and then to the more familiar Sylvester. Sylvester McCoy is married with two sons.
- Was considered for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings".
- Is one of three "Doctor Who" actors who portrayed The Doctor on TV to appear in an episode of "Casualty" (1986). The others are Colin Baker (I) and Christopher Eccleston.
- He is the the only Doctor to have played the role during two regenerations. When Colin Baker left the role he refused to do the regeneration scene. So Sylvester donned Colin Baker's costume and a blonde wig and stood in as Baker. This is the reason that for only the second time in the series (See Peter Davison's regeneration) the Doctor's face is obscured as he changes his appearance.
- Became the Official 7th Doctor Who
- He is the only actor to appear in both _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) and _Doctor Who (1996) (TV)_ (qv).
- McCoy and Timothy Dalton appeared together on stage in 1986 in London, and complained to each other that long-term work was so hard to tfind. A year later, McCoy was Dr Who and Dalton was James Bond.
- He became the first non-English actor to portray the character of Doctor Who, and the first to speak with an accent other than Received Pronunciation English.
- He was raised primarily in Dublin, Ireland.
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